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FUTURE STANDS "FSX" Series Aerospace Carbon Fiber Bottle / Beer opener key chain Portable Cell phone media iPad tablet universal stand
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THE CARBON FIBER FSX MODELS 

The truly one-and-only, lightweight Aerospace bottle opener and media stand; Handcrafted and Machined out of BMI Prepreg Carbon Fiber!

                                         BEHIND THE DESIGN

      The main objective behind the FSX product line is simple; an ergonomic, bold design coupled with versatility and practical use. So we directed our attention towards these sought after traits.  

      The design concept stemmed from wanting a portable key chain bottle opener made from Carbon Fiber, without being wide and flat. The FSX needed to be compact and easy enough to pull out of your pocket, yet strong enough to maintain the torture of daily use.

 

     We wanted a quick-release system that was easy enough to operate with only one hand while holding your favorite beverage in the other! Key rings simply wouldn't do, and most quick-release systems use a latch that can jam or pinch, so we opted for heavy duty magnets! We decided to use Neodymium Disc N35 magnets for excellent pull strength and insure a secure link to your keys.

      Bonding two dissimilar materials can sometimes have its challenges, and if done incorrectly it can lead to premature failure.  We all know the let downs of having a faulty product. To remedy these issues, Future Stands uses the highest quality of parts backed by years of experience in dealing with Composites.
  • Future Stands has excellent bond prep and bonding procedures in place. 
  • All of our technicians have had experience bonding inserts and related parts for satellite structures produced by Boeing and ATK. 
  • 25 FSX samples have undergone rigorous testing without a single dis-bond!
      We also wanted a portable media stand that could hold our devices at an optimum viewing angle while sitting on a desk. When using the FSX as a media stand, the quick release system works very well. It makes it nice and easy for separating the key ring when watching YouTube videos at lunch or break time. 

      As for the size of the media stand slot, we did not want a tight tolerance in order to accommodate different media devices.
Other stands carry too many risks in having tight tolerances that hinder the performance of the intended design.  Some of these risks include:
    1. Forcing a media device in a tight slot can break or scratching the screen.
    2. A tight fit limits the media stand to a very small number of devices. 
    3. More attention is needed to properly set the media device in place, causing an unnatural feeling.

                                          So the FSX was born...

FSX-3 model shown.
FSX-3 model shown.

 Experience the look and feel of professional grade Carbon Fiber; be amazed by how light weight, yet strong this small product is.

THE FSX-1 MODEL $23.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-1 MODEL $23.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-2 MODEL $20.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-2 MODEL $20.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-3 MODEL $30.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-3 MODEL $30.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-4 MODEL $26.00 PLEDGE
THE FSX-4 MODEL $26.00 PLEDGE

             THE SPECIFICATIONS / SKETCHES

 

                                     Features:

THE MAGNETIC FSX HEAD FOR HANGING ON TO THE CAPS AFTER DISMOUNT!
THE MAGNETIC FSX HEAD FOR HANGING ON TO THE CAPS AFTER DISMOUNT!
Quickly detach your clasp for a painless set up!
Quickly detach your clasp for a painless set up!
You can use the clasp itself to stick your keys on the refrigerator, tool box, and whatever else you can think of!
You can use the clasp itself to stick your keys on the refrigerator, tool box, and whatever else you can think of!

     THE 6061-T651 ALUMINUM FSX-3A MODEL NEW PRODUCT!!! INTRODUCING THE ALL NEW FSX-3A!!  

(We are looking at other precious metals next week)  

The Aluminum FSX-3A has the exact same specifications as the Carbon fiber FSX-3 opener/media stand calls out for.  

The FSX-3 is the more popular style so far!! So for the "Metal Heads" out there we're are currently offering a 6061-T651 Aluminum FSX-3A bottle opener w/media stand.

The all new FSX-3A open truss 6061-T651 Aluminum bottle opener /media stand!!
The all new FSX-3A open truss 6061-T651 Aluminum bottle opener /media stand!!
A powerful N50 grade neodymium rare earth magnet is encased in aluminum in the head, clasp, tail and comes with a split ring. This magnet is rated at 4 lbs of pull force.
A powerful N50 grade neodymium rare earth magnet is encased in aluminum in the head, clasp, tail and comes with a split ring. This magnet is rated at 4 lbs of pull force.

                 THE EARLY PROTOTYPES

    The early prototypes were tested and rejected; either too small, too uncomfortable, or simply just didn't work well enough to meet our end goal.

Some early sketches to final product.
Some early sketches to final product.
Simple screenshot of the first prototype.
Simple screenshot of the first prototype.
First machined part 6 months ago. Very crude I know....
First machined part 6 months ago. Very crude I know....
The crude product in action..
The crude product in action..
The evolution continues, these models are uncomfortable and still lacking in style..
The evolution continues, these models are uncomfortable and still lacking in style..
Final product, the FSX-4 is shown here.
Final product, the FSX-4 is shown here.

                                    THE PROCESS:

        Although some great designs exist, many are lacking the true hand-fabricated / machined aerospace composite technology that our product line possesses. It is much more than just machining “off the shelf” materials, such as wood or various kinds of metals.

• Lay-up: Several hours are required for constructing the composite panels. Each panel consists of multiple layers of BMI prepreg Carbon Fiber, measuring .014” thick each layer--the finished FSX opener is approx .250” to .275” thick. 

• Curing process: After the preformed panels are inspected, bagged, and vacuum-checked, they run through a rigorous curing and post curing process in an autoclave exceeding temperatures of 425F @ 110psi of pressure. This entire curing process is roughly 18 hours long and gives each panel an optimum fiber-to-resin ratio, producing a very strong and lightweight product. 

An Autoclave like this model is used for curing the flat panels.
An Autoclave like this model is used for curing the flat panels.

 De-molding: As soon as the panels are cooled to room temperature, they are extracted from the autoclave and de-molded. This means all of the bagging materials are stripped, panels are pulled off of the tooling surface, and then deflashed for the next phase. 

• Trimming: After the panels are de-molded and de-flashed, we cut them into 24”x24” sections for the ease of manufacturing.  

 • Machining: The panels are then placed on the CNC bed and fixed into position. The chosen program is selected, and then machined into final shape.

  • Inspection: After all the machining is completed we give our products a detailed inspection, making sure there are no delaminations and everything is to our tolerance specifications (flatness/thickness/machined surfaces). 
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• Ink and Polish: For the final step of production, an inked logo is applied and then a light polish finishes off each FSX. 

• Packaging: Each of the finished products will get their own box with cotton filler, then placed on the shelf and labeled.  

The FSX-3 shown above.
The FSX-3 shown above.

          If you are looking for something unique at an affordable price, then I invite you to support our campaign.

 This is how we are offering our FSX model stands/openers... 

We are offering 4 different models to choose from. Take a look below and select the  Aerospace-Grade Carbon Fiber X-Model bottle opener/media stand that suits your desire.
                                          THE PLAN
We're using a simple, three-pronged plan of attack to get the job done quickly and smoothly, while producing the highest quality parts possible.

1) Machining - All of our sheet stock is manufactured and machined in-house.

2) Refining - Everyone loves a quality part, especially us!

3) Shipping - All units will be shipped out with a delivery confirmation as well as new USPS boxes and packaging. 




THESE ARE ACTUAL FEEDBACKS FROM OUR EBAY ACCOUNT!

5 star seller, best price and responded quickly, super fast shipping A++++++++++ Buyer: ketchum05 ( 13 ) Jun-09-13 08:37  
 2004-2006 Yamaha R1 R 1 1000 New Carbon Fiber Heel guards (#281111013009) US $34.99

Very polite, excellent communication and trusted seller! Buyer: 1777jeffrey ( 108 ) May-21-13 17:39 1999-2003 HONDA CBR600F4I CBR 600 F4I New Carbon Fiber Heel guards (#281105668541) US $34.99

Extremely high quality carbon fiber at a great price + FAST shipping A+++++ TY Buyer: r_recaido ( 341 ) May-13-13 11:15 2002-2003 Yamaha R1 R 1 1000 New Carbon Fiber Heel guards (#281101728558) US $49.99

CF Heel Guards. Way better than GYT-R! Excellent comm. Fast delivery. A++++! Buyer: gta60seconds ( 28 ) Jul-21-06 18:56

                     How is the money being spent?

 If the campaign reaches our goal we will begin the flat panel construction. We currently have panels in stock to produce approximately 2500 FSX products. Depending on the success of the campaign we will commission a reputable composite firm to rent out Autoclave time to us.

                                           THE TEAM

Myself, my brother, and Constantin, have been working together since 2003. We are a small crew with diverse background in aerospace composite manufacturing. This includes, but not limited to: design, CAD modeling, tooling, composite/plastic/metal fabrication, rapid prototyping, quality assurance/control, lean manufacturing, and process engineering. 
Key team members:

Randy Moruzzi - I am the designer and engineering technician and will oversee day to day operations. 15 years composites experience in watercraft, automotive, aerospace, space, and aviation fields.

Robby Moruzzi - Proficient in design, pattern building, tooling, laminating, and vartm. He has 8 years experience in aerospace, space, and aviation fields.

Constantin Iancu - Document and material control. 20 years CNC experience. Former engineer in his native land, Romania.

Risks and challenges

Risks-
With this project I foresee no great risks, we have an advantage because we control the entire process in house. The initial prototypes have come out beautifully and our process is a proven industry standard in aerospace. We're simply applying our combined experience and expertise on some great new ideas for the consumer. By keeping all of our design and manufacturing in house we don't have to pay middlemen or sacrifice quality by outsourcing labor.

Overcoming the prospected issues-

If there is a high demand for the for the product, we will simply invest in another CNC and run it. We have the room for expansion.

Thank you Kickstarter community for checking out my passion!

The Future Stands Team,

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    You will receive one FSX-2 solid Carbon Fiber bottle opener with the SILVER TONE LOBSTER SWIVEL CLASP. ***THAT IS $5.00 OFF M.S.R.P.!!*** BACK THEM EARLY GET THEM EARLY!!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    ********NOW IN 6061-T651 ALUMINUM!!******
    You will receive one FSX-3A - Aluminum open truss bottle opener with the quick release ALUMINUM MAGNETIC CLASP. ***THAT IS $5.00 OFF M.S.R.P.!!

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    YOU WILL RECEIVE ONE SET OF THE FST-1 PORTABLE TABLET STANDS. THEY WILL BE OFFERED THROUGH THE REMAINDER OF THE CAMPAIGN!!! ONCE CAMPAIGN ENDS, THE M.S.R.P. WILL BE ***$40.00.****

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will receive one FSX-4 open truss Carbon Fiber bottle opener with the SILVER TONE LOBSTER SWIVEL CLASP. ***THAT IS $5.00 OFF M.S.R.P.!!*** BACK THEM EARLY GET THEM EARLY!!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will receive one FSX-3 open truss Carbon Fiber bottle opener with the quick release CARBON FIBER MAGNETIC CLASP. ***THAT IS $5.00 OFF M.S.R.P.!!*** BACK THEM EARLY GET THEM EARLY!!

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    You will receive one FSX-4 open truss Carbon Fiber bottle opener with the SILVER TONE LOBSTER SWIVEL CLASP.

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    "A PAIR OF A DIFFERENT KIND" You will receive 1- FSX-3 open truss Carbon Fiber bottle opener and 1- FSX-3A - Aluminum open truss bottle opener. Both come with the appropriate quick release clasp. ***THAT IS $10.00 OFF M.S.R.P.!!***

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